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About the course
Systems Change is the deliberate attempt to address social and ecological problems at the level of the system that causes them. Rather than assume to fix a problem in isolation, systems change acts to transform the system that creates it.
Learn about how social entrepreneurs, funders and policymakers globally and locally are embracing systems thinking, looking beyond the scale of individual organisations to transform sectors, systems and societies at large.
Convened by the Bertha Centre, this Systems Change and Social Impact Executive Education course draws upon the Centre's collaboration and research with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Schwab Foundation, the Motsepe Foundation and Transforming Change programme. Lecture-based and workshop-style sessions are delivered by a diverse representation of ground-breaking systems practitioners and academics. And, as such, the curriculum is a unique blend of global South and North systems-innovation cases and frameworks.
By the end of the course, participants will be part of a growing network of change-agents better capacitated to effect transformation in their systems-of-interest.
Is this course for me?
This management short course is for senior leaders and managers in social enterprises and nonprofit organisations seeking to grow their social benefit companies and organisations; policymakers with an interest in promoting social entrepreneurship ecosystems; funders seeking to become more effective in their grant-making and investing; senior-level stakeholders in the social enterprise system; and private, public, and civic society leaders.
- Social entrepreneurship to systems entrepreneurship, including local and global trends, developments and policies;
- Working across scale, and models for impact that go beyond technical fixes toward systemic change, from creative advocacy to unusual partnerships;
- Practical skills in leadership and management, including managing uncertainty and navigating complexity;
- Innovative finance frameworks and mechanisms that support social/systems entrepreneurship.
Who should attend
This management short course is for senior leaders and managers in social enterprises and nonprofit organisations seeking to grow their social benefit companies and organisations; policymakers with an interest in promoting social entrepreneurship ecosystems; funders seeking to become more effective in their grant-making and investing; and senior-level stakeholders in the social enterprise system.
This management short course is open to entrepreneurs and executives from companies or organisations involved in furthering the common good.
Applications are welcome from founders, CEOs and senior managers of established social ventures, generally operating for at least 3 years. We welcome participants from both for-profit and non-profit organisations.
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QUALIFICATIONS: AB (College Scholar) Cornell; MBA University of Baltimore; Ph.D. (Strategy & Organization) McGill AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Institutional shifts related to social and environmental sustainability, organizational practices, social innovation I am an Associate Professor of Social In...
Ralph is Professor and Research Director at the GSB, and he also directs the school’s PhD program. His research and teaching is on why and how organisations create or address complex social-ecological problems. Rated an “internationally acclaimed” researcher by the National Research Foundation, h...
Cynthia Schweer Rayner
Cynthia is an independent researcher, PhD candidate, writer, lecturer and course convener, currently affiliated with the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT Graduate School of Business. Her research focuses on "systems work", or how organisations create positive so...
As the Social Systems Innovation Lead, Ncedisa Nkonyeni convenes the Bertha Centre’s Systems Change and Social Impact Executive Education course. She also curates the Africa regional hub of the global systems play team; a support and resource node for change-agents aspiring to position their inno...
Ella is an educator, collaborator and activist in the fields of human rights and social innovation in Southern Africa. Currently, she is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town in South Africa; a freelancer with the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SW...
Ishtar has been working as a feminist, activist and trouble-maker in the field of social justice advocacy for over a decade. Having received a Masters degree in Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand, her career has ranged from coordinating a radical, feminist advocacy network for ...
Phumlani has run and managed prominent entrepreneurship funds for blue-chip local and international companies such as Allan Gray, Multichoice, Transnet, Total, J.P. Morgan and Philips; impacting hundreds of entrepreneurs and emerging businesses since 2009. His recent work with the African Union a...